It is our policy that all children should wear school uniform when attending school, or when
participating in a school-organised event outside normal school hours.
Aims and objectives
Our policy is based on the notion that a school uniform:
• promotes a sense of pride in the school;
• engenders a feeling of community and belonging;
• is practical and smart;
• identifies the children with the school;
• is not distracting in class (as fashion clothes might be);
• makes children feel equal to their peers in terms of appearance;
• is regarded as suitable, and good value for money, by most parents;
• has been designed with health and safety in mind.
We ask all parents who send their children to our school for their support of the school uniform
policy. We believe that parents have a duty to send their children to school correctly dressed and
ready for their daily schoolwork. Parents should ensure that their child has the correct uniform, and that it is clean and in good repair.
Parents should label all items of clothing clearly with their child’s name.
On health and safety grounds we do not allow children to wear jewellery in our school. The exceptions to this rule are small ear-ring studs in pierced ears.
We expect the children to remove these objects during PE and games. The school cannot take responsibility for removing earrings. If you or your child have not removed ear-rings they will be taped over to secure your child’s safety.
Children come to school to learn. Fashion items are best kept for home and this includes accessories such as make-up, nail polish, hair gel and jewellery other than stud earrings. Parents should also be aware that tattoos, including temporary tattoos, are not permitted.
The school does not permit children to have haircuts that could serve as a distraction to other children. This includes hair colourings and shaved designs. Long hair on both girls and boys, should be tied back neatly. This is for reasons of smartness, appearance and health and safety.
Pupils’ faces should not be obscured as the teacher may not be able to judge their engagement with learning, this also helps to assess their participation in discussions and practical activities.
The wearing of a hijab (headscarf) in plain burgundy, grey or black for religious reasons is permitted.
It is dangerous for children to wear shoes with platform soles or high heels in school, we do not allow this. If children cannot tie laces parents should ensure children their children have shoes with Velcro fastenings or buckles.
Children should have a PE kit in school at all times. They will need a pair of soft black plimsolls, black shorts and a plain ‘house colour’ T-shirt in a drawstring PE bag. All are available from any uniform supplier. Hillview house = red, Oxleas house = green, Woodlands house = yellow, Danson house = blue
Initially children will be spoken to by staff and may be provided with a spare uniform.
If non- wearing of the uniform is ‘persistent’ then parents will be involved.
“The school can discipline your child for not wearing the school uniform” DFE 2017
The school welcomes children from all backgrounds and faith communities.
If there are significant reasons, for example religious objections, why parents want their child to wear clothes that differ from the school uniform the school will look sympathetically at such requests. However, we will try to ensure this is only a minor adaption and fits in with the main colour scheme.
Similarly, should an item of school uniform prove problematic for a pupil with disabilities then parents are invited to draw this to the attention of the headteacher and adaptations can be discussed.